Chemicals in Soft Drinks May Cause Cancer
Interest (CSPI), a consumer watchdog group, has sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and called on officials to ban the chemicals used in popular soft drinks to create their caramel coloring because of possible cancer risks.
According to The Los Angeles Times, the CSPI first petitioned the FDA in 2011 on the issue, noting that 2-methylimidazole and 4-methylimidazole has been shown to cause liver, lung, and thyroid cancer in rats and mice. Their letter said that the average level of 4-MI indicated a “lifetime risk of cancer of five out of 100,000 people in the population.”
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